"Green" materials might bring about a new era in fashion

Eco-fashion, also known as "sustainable fashion," is a fashion movement dedicated to reducing carbon emissions, promoting the health and safety of all species, and preventing climate change. This means one can be stylish while minimizing one’s environmental impact.

The fashion industry is one of the world's largest polluters. Garments made of synthetic fibers contribute up to 35% of global micro-plastic pollution. One solution might lie in sustainable fabrics. Sustainable fabrics are those made from natural, recycled, or eco-friendly materials that have a low environmental impact. Environmental concerns, combined with advances in science and technology, have prompted scientists, fashion houses, and designers to seek out more environmentally friendly materials.

Pinatex fabric is made from pineapples and has entered the sustainable fashion world as a cruelty-free and sustainable alternative to leather. Pinatex is derived from pineapple plant waste leaves. Because these leaves are a byproduct of pineapple harvesting, they require no additional environmental resources to produce.

Another vegan leather option, Apple Eco Leather is made from a waste of the apple juice industry. It’s made by the Italian company Frutmat, which specializes in recycling biological waste. It’s fully biodegradable, as well as waterproof, breathable, and super durable.

Orange peel fabric comes from Orange Fiber Company (Italy). Cellulose found in orange peels is broken down, forming a polymer-like material that can be woven into fibers and made into fabrics.

Source: fashionunited.uk

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